Best Bets: A marathon worth of people-watching, tambourine-shaking
Grandma’s Marathon: You can’t beat it so you might as well join it.
But if you don’t have plans to wake up at 3 a.m., chug coffee and pin a tracking number to your shirt you should consider waking up at, heck, 7 a.m., and shaking a tambourine on the sidelines.
Those runners will love you for it.
Grandma’s Marathon and the Garry Bjorklund Half-Marathon are on Saturday morning, mostly along Superior Street.
Make a sign. Cheer for the name on the front of a runner’s shirt. Shake a cowbell. Pick a runner friend and try to catch her at as many mile markers as is humanly possible.
Or just apply Zinc oxide to your nose, settle into a leisure sprawl and sip a morning-friendly beverage on the sidelines. People-watch and promise yourself you’ll run next year.
For a full-on cardio experience, hang out at the finish line and try to swallow the empathetic bursts that form when seeing people succeed.
GO SEE IT What: Grandma’s Marathon and Garry Bjorklund Half-Marathon
When: 7:45 a.m. Saturday start outside of Two Harbors for the marathon; 6:15 a.m. start for the half-marathon three blocks north of Clearwater Grille on Lake Superior
Where: Course follows Scenic Old Hwy. 61 to Superior Street before winding down into Canal Park